My 14-month-old daughter has a caterpillar toy where each section is a different shape and color. The goal is to match the shape to the correct section. Easy for mommy, possible yet still somewhat challenging for her toddler daughter.
As I was observing her frustration with the harder shapes, I thought of this as a metaphor for life:
Sometimes you have to change HOW you are doing something. In my daughter’s case, how she is positioning the shape in its correct hole.
And other times, you have to change WHERE you are doing something. Like when my daughter is continuously ramming the yellow star into the purple heart hole, and I giggle to myself while at the same time empathizing with her frustration. In this case, you gotta leave the area, go somewhere else, and try again.